Six firefighters injured in back to back central Brooklyn fires

Firefighters operated numerous hose-lines during a Halloween fire in Crown Heights.
Photo by Lloyd Mitchell

Three firefighters were injured Sunday battling a two-alarm blaze in Crown Heights, and another three were hurt Monday while going up against a fast-spreading fire just over a mile away on Kingston Avenue.

At around 4:30 pm on Halloween, firefighters responded to reports of a growing fire on the first and second floors of a three-story brownstone at 1192 Park Place. Units, some short-staffed in the aftermath of the COVID-19 vaccine mandate, eventually doused the flames using three hoses, which a Brooklyn Paper photographer reported had as few as three people operating at some times.

Firefighters operated numerous hose-lines into the basement, first floor and second floor during a two-alarm fire in a Crown Heights brownstone.Photo by Lloyd Mitchell

In total, 106 firefighters responded to the blaze, the cause of which remains under investigation by the fire marshal’s office. No civilians were hurt, and two of the firefighters who suffered injuries were treated on scene. The third was transported to Kings County Hospital Center, where he was treated.

The next day, units responded to yet another blaze at 437 Kingston Ave., near the border of Crown Heights and Prospect-Lefferts Gardens.

Firefighters battled a two-alarm fire on Kingston Avenue Monday night.Photo by Lloyd Mitchell

Responding smoke-eaters arrived just after 5:45 pm on Nov. 1 to find heavy smoke and fire emanating from the top floor apartment of the building. The blaze quickly spread via the ceiling to three other apartments, and firefighters were forced to open up the ceiling.

Units used several hose-lines to subdue the fire, which was placed under control at around 6:12 pm.

The cause of that blaze also remains under investigation.